Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
A number of enthusiastic volunteers and mitta friends
came early to learn and share recipe skills.
Paulette showed her bread recipe, using an oven to bake the bread.
Simple, and easy to learn, she has simplified
to cater for anyone who does not know anything
about bread making,
She showed a variety of buns, cheese buns, cinnamon bread,
Hot dog rolls and vegetarian bread loaf,
Fruit bread loaf made from healthy, whole meal ingredients.
Many were thrilled and look forward to the next recipe sharing.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Dr. Leong Kin Wah at Mahindarama Buddhist Temple, Penang.
A team of 12 volunteers left for Ipoh early morning to support the Health Camp organised by Sis Poh Choo of Amata Clinic.
Mitta volunteers, were on hand to reiki a stream of devotees waiting eagerly in line. By noon time, although feeling exhausted, we felt a sense of joy after channeling the Reiki energy to the devotees.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
We, Mitta Quilters, have been meeting for several months this year. We started off with some lessons on patchwork and quilting which resulted in a few pieces of patchwork made for Friends at the Centre to keep them warm during Reiki sessions.
Our aim is to make items from the beautiful fabrics donated to us in order to raise funds for the Centre. The small enthusiastic group of ladies have produced bags, purses, glass covers, wall-hangings, coasters and a range of attractive items that are especially great as gifts. We are able to price them at an affordable range as workmanship and materials are free.
More volunteers are needed to join us at our sewing sessions. We meet on the last two Saturdays of each month from 2pm to 5pm. Do not shy away even if you think you do not enjoy needlework. We will soon get you sewing in no time at all. We assure you an afternoon full of laughter and fellowship, not to mention the food that people very generously bring along to share.
See you soon. Do have a look at our products too.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
~ What is Cancer?
> Cancer is the general term used to prescribe the group of illnesses in which cells are growing in an uncontrolled and purposeless way within the body.
> The body is made up of many types of cells each with special tasks to perform. During life, body cells are replaced or reparired when they become worn out or damaged. For this to occur cells divide and grow in an orderly manner. Cancer develops when these cells have lost the ability to stop growing and they continue to grow forming masses and growths called Cancer.
> Cells of this lump may be Benign or Malignant. Benign tumours are self contained and do not spread to other parts of the body. Malignant tumours are not self-contained and easily break away from the original or primary tumour invading neighbouring tissues and organs or spread to other parts of the body.
WHAT CAUSES CANCER
> The causes of cancer are not yet fully understood. However genetic changes or mutation caused
by chemicals, radiation and viruses that we are exposed to may be responsible.
> While genetics certainly play a role in Cancer development, certain environmental factors
contribute in a major way to our chance of getting Cancer.
SOME ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE CANCER DEVELOPMENT
> LIFE STYLE FACTORS
~ Cigarette smoking
~ Diets high in fat
~ Smoked or salted meat and fish
~ Alcohol abuse
~ Lack of physical activity
~ Certain drugs including chemotherapy agents, hormones (estrogen), immunosuppressants (cyclosporine).
~ Certain chemicals (arsenic, abestos, benzene and vinyl chloride)
~ Certain infections (HIV, Human Papilloma Virus, Epstein-Barr Virus, Helicobactor Pylori, Hepatitis B and C)
~ Occupational hazards (working in uranium mines and abestos factories).
~ Ultraviolet radiation from sunlight.
> CONGENITAL CONDITIONS
~ Fanconi’s Anemia
~ Down’s Syndrome
> WHY DOES HAVING CANCER MAKE A PERSON FEEL SICK?
> Most typesof Cancer release chemicals that make a person feel ill. These chemicals called cytokines are released into the blood causing flu like symptoms, fevers, chillis, sweats,
fatigue, anorexia (loss of appetite) nausea and vomiting.
> One of the cytokines called Tumour Necrosis Factor is associated with cachexia / muscle wasting or loss of weight. These symptoms are the ones that often bring the person with cancer to the doctor’s attention in the first place.
> POSSIBLE WARNING SIGNS OF CANCER
> A new lump or thickening in any part of the body.
> A sore that does not heal.
> A new spot or mole that changes in shape, size or colour.
> Any unusual bleding or discharge.
> Persistent indigestion or difficulty in swallowing.
> Any change in bowel habits.
> Persistent cough or hoarseness of voice.
> Any unexplained loss of weight or appetite.
> EARLY DETECTION OF CANCER
~ The earlier a Cancer is detected, the better the treatment options and the greater
the chance of a cure.
~ Have a regular medical check-up, at least once a year.
~ If you have any unusual signs or symptoms, consult your doctor without delay.
~ Have a Pap Smear once in every 2 years, starting from the age you become sexually active.
~ Examine your breasts monthly to feel for any lumps or other changes
~ Ask your doctor to examine your breasts at your annuall medical check-up.
~ If you are more than 40 years of age, baseline mammogram must be done.
Regular check-ups are done accordingly.
~ Talk to your doctor about any family history of Cancer.
~ Have a medical check-up once a year.
~ Talk to your doctor about urinary problems
~ Examine your testicles monthly by feeling or any lumps or other changes.
~ Talk to your doctor about any family history of Cancer or other risk factors
REDUCING THE RISK OF CANCER
> Dont smoke, cigarette smoking is the single most avoidable cause of Cancer.
> When in the sun, wear sunglasses, put on a hat and apply sunscreen.
> Eat plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables especially cruciferous family (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage), soya and cereals.
> Eat low fat foods and limit salt cured, smoked and BBQ meats
> Be moderate with alcohol intake.
> Do regular exercise 2 or 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes eact time.
> Use protective clothing when using chemicals in your work place.
> Practise safe sex.
> Dont take drugs unless medically recommended.
> Remain within a healthy weight range.
TREATMENT OF CANCER
> Many Cancers can be cured if diagnosed and treated early.
> The main methods of treating Cancer are:
~ Surgery is the cutting out and removing of the cancerous growth from the body together with a margin of normal tissue.
~ Radiotherapy is the use of radiation to destroy cancer cells.
~ Chemotherapy is the use of many different types of drugs to destroy cancer cells.
~ Hormone therapy alters the hormone balance in the body to alter the rate of growth of tumours.
Often one or more of these treatments may be used depending upon the type of Cancer,
where it is the age of the person and the general state of health.
HELP IS AVAILABLE
> If you are worried about symptoms you think might be Cancer, you may contact us.
> When Cancer is diagnosed, you and your family may want support and information,
not only on the illness but in coping with the changes and demands that it makes o the whole family.
> Being diagnosed with Cancer is a very emotional experience for the patients and their loved ones.
> Knowledge is power. Understanding the illness often helps the patients and their loved ones to deal with the illness better.
Monday, June 29, 2009
To all the Mitta volunteers and supporters who had sacrificed a beautiful Sunday but to be there, "THANK YOU" and may you and your family be blessed by the Triple Gem.
Triple "SADDHU" to Bhante, & the organising team for selflessly and jointly contributing to the successful holding of a wonderful and enlightening talk.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
MITTA FOR LIFE CANCER CENTRE ................Dr Jeyashree Srinivasan
Mitta For Life Cancer Centre started on 22 May 2005 with the aim to provide free counselling service to cancer patients and their families in coping with the illness.
It has been four busy years since that eventful day. We have seen a significant increase in the number of patients walking through our doors, seeking the various services we provide. There has been much joy in seeing the vast improvements in the quality of their lives as they fight the disease bravely. There has also been sorrow when we lose our beloved friends to cancer. Nevertheless, we carry on with our services with renewed strength, faith, hope, courage and a very large dose of loving-kindness and compassion.
We will be expecting more patients to walk in as the word about Mitta spreads. At this point, I would like to say to every cancer patient, we welcome you with open hearts. We want you to know that there are no strangers at the Centre…. only FRIENDS for life!
We have also seen an increase in the number of volunteers, a testament to the fact that even in this current materialistic world we live in, there are people who still believe strongly in a culture of sharing, caring and loving without expecting anything tangible in return.
With support from volunteers, well-wishers and friends, our services and activities have also taken on a more positive note. Last year, we were able to participate in a number of outreach programmes such as conducting Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns during Vesak as well as at the Greenlane Convent Primary School Fundraising event. We also visited an orang asli camp where we shared with them the provisions we brought from Penang. Many of our friends and volunteers also embarked on a holy pilgrimage to India last year, together with our Patron, Venerable E. Indaratana Thero. We took part in numerous fundraising activities such as food fairs, where our volunteers once again showed their mettle in preparing food and craftwork for sale. One of the highlights of last year was the Mitta Family Day, where the Mitta family had a great time sampling all the delicious food laid out at the table, singing and receiving gifts. Our ongoing activities, such as the Reiki sessions, the weekly Taiji classes and the monthly Health Talks were enthusiastically welcomed too.
At this juncture, the working committee and I would like to extend our deepest appreciation to our Patron, Venerable E. Indaratana Thero, for the support, encouragement and motivation to us. I would like to thank the Temple Management Committee for all their help and support too. A word of thanks to all our donors, well-wishers and contributors for their generosity and kindness. And finally, to all our volunteers, Mitta cannot succeed without you. You are the personification of Mitta For Life indeed. Thank you.
I have been privileged to be part of the Cancer Counselling Service by Mitta for Life Cancer Centre. Many of those I met during my sessions were in a state of shock and disbelief with depression and confusion on hearing of their diagnoses of having cancer. I discovered the benefits of talking to them were two fold:
Talking can give them support.
How? There is a basic human comfort in communicating; deep feelings and fears and concerns are put into perspective. That probably is the basis of the old proverb “A sorrow shared is a sorrow halved.”
Talking about something teaches you how you feel about it.
Talking about a fear or worry often stops it growing larger in our minds.
Conversation about something important or personal produces a bond between participants which is valuable in itself.
Talking helps them feel in control of their situation Very often when the diagnosis is cancer, it feels as if we have no control over the disease and its treatment. Now two of the things that decrease these feelings are information and being able to talk things over with other people and let them know what you think. The more information you have about your situation and the better you become at talking about, the more you feel involved in your own care and the more you feel in control. Knowledge of their illness and its treatment gives some form of power.
These are based on my observation of patients during my counselling sessions with them. I wish you all well.
(The above article is an excerpt taken from a talk by Datin Dr Chandra Kanalingam)
Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns
In Malaysia, statistics show that 1 out of every 20 women are at risk of getting breast cancer.”
With breast cancer on the rise, we at Mitta are very concerned with the lack of information women have on breast care, pertinent health checks and a fundamental knowledge on the risk factors that cause cancer.
While many women may profess to know what breast cancer is all about, they neglect going for regular clinical examination and do not perform monthly breast examinations on themselves.
Last year, Mitta carried out two major Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns, the first being held on Vesak Day 2008. More 100 women registered for the free breast examination conducted at the onsite clinic in the temple grounds.
The second campaign was held in the month of September, at Green Lane Convent Primary School’s Food and Fun Fair. About 20 ladies had their breasts examined.
Mitta also launched a Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign during this year’s Vesak celebrations at the Dhammapida Centre in Ipoh on 9th May 2009. A total of 39 women registered for the breast examination session. They were also taught the techniques of Self-Breast Examination by the Breast Examiners present.
In Malaysia, statistics show that 1 out of every 20 women are at risk of getting breast cancer.”
At Mitta Cancer Centre, we advocate early detection and prevention of the disease through outreach programmes and exhibitions. Free breast examination is available on the 1st and 2nd Saturday of every month at the Centre from 2.00 pm and 5.00 pm. Come and speak to our Counsellors for more information.
The Healing Touch of Reiki Ng Soo Han
I was initiated with Reiki since December 2007. During this period, my irritable bowel syndrome and arthritis have improved tremendously. Each time I practice Reiki, I feel a warm tingling sensation in my hands. When I practice Reiki with other practitioners, I feel that my hands seem to transmit heat. There are other sensations throughout my body too. Sometimes I feel cold, other times I feel so warm that I would sweat. There are also times when I feel pain in my shoulders and numbness in my legs, but these go off after 5 to 10 minutes.
One special thought I wish to share here is that knowing whenever I lay my hands on others when I practice Reiki, I could feel love and care flowing to and fro from all the participants. It almost seems like an ability to communicate innately. Finally, I will keep on learning about Reiki so that I can continue to help others.
A Word Of Thanks From Mitta Friends
When I enter the premise of the Mitta Centre, a sudden feeling of peace and calm seems to dawn upon me. I meet with the members of the Centre who are full of care and concern for everyone who needs their invaluable services. Though for the latter, it is a feast of the Reiki energy, but it ends up in everyone having a good feast of the cookies and niceties brought by the members.
As I lay in the room to receive the Reiki energy, the practitioners dutifully and conscientiously do all that they can for me. The 3 or 4 volunteers put in their best to make us better from whatever health problems that affect us. All through the session, I could feel the soothing and comforting effect of Reiki. When the session ends, I seem to feel much lighter; as if the Reiki practitioners have lifted off some of the burden from my body.
I feel touched and grateful for what they have done for the many of us who visit the Centre. My hat off to them, the doctors who give free consultation, the administrative staff of the Centre, the Committee Members and everyone who have helped to make the Centre a place of solace for many who need it. All of you have done a noble and wonderful job indeed. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Keep up your good work and may all of you be blessed with good health and happiness always.
~ Johny Chee ~
One year ago, I recall my first visit to the Mitta Centre. It was highly recommended by close friends and relatives that I explore the place. I decided to visit as soon as I was mobile enough as everyone who spoke to me about it had only positive experiences and stories to share. My wife, Sue, accompanied me on a Saturday afternoon to be warmly greeted by the volunteers of the Centre. I got registered and was made to feel very welcome and at home….Like what they say, a smile goes A LONG WAY.
My twice a week sessions was something I always eagerly look forward to. The Reiki self healing made me feel better both mentally and physically. Hence I registered for classes under Mrs. Jorva Hamilton and could administer the healing powers onto myself. It was a surreal feeling to be God’s instrument as I heal myself in my own way. Apart from Reiki, I am excited to meet other friends, have a chat, share experiences and stories and the environment at Mitta makes me feel well both mentally and physically.
Today, I boast that I am a living testimony of the harmonious experience I received from Mitta Centre. Many Friends would concur with me and is quite apparent from the recent expansion and refurbishment of the centre; that we need a bigger space to share the comfort for the many who seek. All the positive experience is made possible through the efforts of the volunteers, many of whom have become very close friends to my family and I.
I pray that God continues to shower His bountiful blessings on all the friends, volunteers, doctors as they continue their dedication and commitment to sacrificing their time and effort for the goodness of mankind, God bless you all.
May I close off my thoughts by sharing a couple of quotes in which I feel very strongly about……
To the Volunteers “Really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great” - Mark Twain
To the Friends “Never, never, never…NEVER give up”- Winston Churchill
~ Dominic Lee Peng Chong ~
Thursday, May 21, 2009
The thought of doing a health screening in Ipoh have kept me awake the whole night. I was worried that I would over slept the wake up time at 4.30 a.m. Never the less, I was excited as this was an opportunity to do something worth while on Wesak day. Since a kid, I have always been inspired by 2 quotations by Lord Buddha. They were " those who served the sick will serve Me" and " strive on with diligence" in our practice. Being able to serve with Dr. Jeyashree and other volunteers were indeed an honor and a joy for me that day.I arrived at the Ipoh centre at about 8.00 a.m.having slept throughout the journey. I was overwhelmed with the natural beauty surrounding the centre and the monks quatter. The limestone hills was indeed a sight to behold. After admiring the beautiful scenery and enjoying a fantastic breakfast by Dr. Jeyashree, we started our work. We put out and arranged the posters , sign boards and required equipments. There were counters comprising of the registration counter, BMI and body fat assessment, blood pressure check, blood sugar test, dentist check, breast examination and doctor's clinic. We saw about 88 people during the 1/2 day screening which also include dental check for ----- people and breast examination for ---- people. As for me, I was put in charge of the BMI and body fat assessment. I had two wonderful and pleasant volunteers. The people we screened were curious about their weight, body fat, body age and their target weight. We have simple explaination on the results as well as pamplets to give away. I was amazed at some of the older participants who had managed to underaged their body age as compared to their actual age.This shows that Ipoh people are fit and had put good effort to ensure good health.We left Ipoh after having a memorable photo shooting and icecream. I have indeed enjoyed this trip and I would like to thank Dr. Jeyashreefor giving me this opportunity on a very special day. ....Supanee S
"In the early morning of Wesak Day, 8th May 2009, together with other volunteers, we left MBT at 5.30 am in a van for Dhammadipa Centre in Ipoh. I was glad to be back, this being my second visit, and to witness the centre taking on a carnival-like look with the tents set up for the food and jumble sales stalls on the open field below the towering cliffs. Adjacent to the stalls and sprawling on the ground was a huge, cardboard cut out of a reclining Buddha. It was really so beautiful and breath-taking to see the smiling countenance of the Buddha, radiating His love to all mankind. After a quick breakfast, Ms Lee Ee Lin, a fellow pharmacist, and I proceeded to set up our table for blood glucose testing. We had a good crowd (close to 80 patients), largely Indians and some Chinese, that came for the screening tests. Several of those tested were diabetics and despite medication, had very high fasting blood sugar. Ee Lin and I advised them accordingly on nutrition, healthy lifestyle and importance of medication compliance and referred them to see the doctor. The time seemed to fly by so fast and soon the last patient was cleared. We had our lunch around 1 pm and then packed to go home. The ride back was smooth with most of us nodding off for the most part of the journey. It was great to be a part of the medical screening team at Dhammadipa and we look forward to be of service again."